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Geo-environmental consultancy, IGE
Consulting, is using a TigerLT handheld photoionisation detector
(PID) from Ion Science – leading global manufacturer of high-performance gas
detection instrumentation for environmental or occupational health applications
– to provide comprehensive risk assessments of on-site contamination. Supplied
by UK-based distributor, Shawcity, the instrument was chosen for its flexible
lamp design options that target different ranges and types of gases, and is
monitoring potentially dangerous volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in soils
which may cause harm to human health or compromise safety.
Manchester-based IGE Consulting
undertakes desk studies and intrusive site investigation works on sites to be
developed into residential or commercial developments. The company operates
across the UK and provides a tailored service to meet client requirements such
as pre-acquisition / planning development, abnormal costing evaluations, site
investigation works and construction efficiency savings.
Molly Brown, Geo-environmental Engineer
at IGE Consulting comments: “We previously hired the Ion Science TigerLT
for monitoring VOCs in soils so have used it numerous times with great success.
To save costs in the long term, it made sense to purchase one of the
instruments. It also adds value to our site investigations and reports as we
are able to provide a more comprehensive risk assessment.”
Molly continues: “One of the most
appealing features of the TigerLT for us is the different options
for lamps which allow various VOC gases to be detected. For example, we can
choose lamps that give us a wide range or target specific ranges if we need to
look for a particular type of VOC gas.”
Ion Science’s TigerLT, which
offers worldwide Intrinsic Safety (IS) certification for use in potentially
explosive atmospheres, is a streamlined, low-cost version of Ion Science’s well
proven Tiger PID model.
Like all Ion Science PID instruments,
the TigerLT incorporates the company’s market-leading PID technology
with advanced patented fence electrode system. This three-electrode format
ensures increased resistance to humidity and contamination for ultimate reliability
and accuracy in the field.
With a detection range of 0.1 – 5,000
ppm utilising a standard two-point calibration protocol, Ion Science’s robust
TigerLT also offers an unrivalled industry response time of just two seconds and
equally quick clear down.
Both simple to operate and service, the
TigerLT offers easy access to the lamp and sensor with batteries
that can be safely replaced in hazardous environments. The intrinsically safe
instrument also meets ATEX, IECEx, North American and Canadian standards.
Molly continues: “The TigerLT
instrument is working well and enables us to provide a more comprehensive risk
assessment of on-site contamination and the associated human health risk.
“In fact, the TigerLT PID
instrument has already reduced costs for one of our clients by locating a VOC
hotspot and proving blanks elsewhere on site meaning they did not have to
install a VOC barrier on proposed plots. This client now only has to install
VOC barriers on four out of 54 locations.”
The key advantage of TigerLT
over other similar, low-cost handheld PID instruments is its market-leading
accuracy and run time due to its anti-contamination and humidity-resistant
design. Another attribute is its global Intrinsic Safety certification.
Although the accreditation process can differ from country to country, the
TigerLT can be used in explosive hazardous areas such as within
petrochemical plants that are located anywhere in the world.
The TigerLT six pin MiniPID
detector cell with anti-contamination design dramatically extends run time in
the field. Low cost filters and lamps can be easily changed in minutes,
It features long life rechargeable
Li-ion batteries which give up to 24 hours usage. Fast battery charging allows
the instrument to be fully charged in 6.5 hours, while eight hours of use can
be achieved from 1.5 hours of charging time.
TigerLT features a
protective, removable boot for harsh environments while a large, clear back-lit
display allows for easy viewing in any light condition. It is IP65 rated
against water ingress. An integrated torch is designed for directing the
instrument’s probe into dimly lit areas. Other features include a loud 95 dB
audible alarm and multiple language support.
Ready to use, straight out of the box,
the TigerLT does not require complicated set-up procedures via a PC
to perform basic functions.
“The Tiger LT is performing well and as expected from our previous experience. The service provided by Shawcity was good with fast delivery. Overall, we are very happy and would recommend the instrument to other environmental and geotechnical consultancies,” Molly concludes.
Ion Science Ltd is a leading manufacturer of gas detection instrumentation within industrial applications. Our product portfolio ranges from our revolutionary photoionization detectors (PIDs) for volatile organic compounds (VOCs) with optimal performance in humid and dirty working environments, to IAQ monitors, gas leak detectors and mercury analysers, all distributed world wide.
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